(ETH) – Powerful storms producing lightning, giant hail, and tornadoes have struck northern Italy over the weekend, causing extensive damage and leaving at least 4 dead. The Severe weather struck wide swaths of Italy over the weekend, from South Tyrol down to the central region of Lazio around Rome, killing at least 4 people in two separate storms and leaving several missing.
“A supercell outbreak with numerous intense and deadly storms has verified across northern Italy,” Severe Weather Europe meteorologists noted August 31. “Several tornadoes were reported, besides destructive winds, very large hail events, and severe flooding.”
Hailstones the size of eggs were reported from this storm in Cremona, Mantova, and Bergamo in Lombardy, forcing local authorities to call in heavy machinery to clear out roads. The city of Verona has been struck by severe flooding, giant hailstones, and strong winds, causing considerable damage.
Severe damage has been reported from the entire Veneto region, with Vicenza and Belluno areas struck particularly hard where Vincenza alone was reportedly struck by a tornado that flattened trees, fences, and road signs, and damaged buildings.